Hydrologist Research Scientist

Berkeley Lab

Berkeley, CA, US

The Earth and Environmental Science Area of Berkeley Lab seeks a hydrologist to develop novel data analysis and simulation approaches, and to jointly use them to understand how hydrological systems respond to perturbations, with a particular focus on hyporheic zone processes. This is a 2-year term, career-track position that may be extended to five years and/or promoted to career based on continued performance and available funding.


  • Develop new numerical approaches to simulate hyporheic zone hydrology driven biogeochemical processes

  • Develop new statistical approaches to mine complex and diverse watershed datasets and identify a range of spatiotemporal patterns and trends in said datasets

  • Acquire, analyze using laboratory methods, integrate and interpret hydrological, geochemical and biological watershed measurements

  • Using measurements and developed models, explore how water resources associated with watershed and/or their subsystems respond to environmental change, potentially including droughts, extreme precipitation events, and fires

  • Engage as a member of a large, multidisciplinary research team that includes geochemists, hydrologists, geophysicists and computational scientists;

  • Publish results in peer-reviewed journals

  • Communicate research results via presentations at scientific conferences

  • Identify new research directions

  • Seek funding opportunities, write research proposals

  • Lead projects and project tasks, including technical scope, budget, staffing and interactions with funding agency.

  • Conduct lab, field and office work under established safety guidelines

Additional Responsibilities may include:

  • Supervise and mentor technical staff

  • Develop patents and perform technology transfer

  • Scientific community, Laboratory and/or DOE service

Required skills:

  • Advanced degree in hydrology, environmental engineering or related field

  • Demonstrated knowledge of watershed behavior and challenges in predicting future function

  • Demonstrated experience in the development and use of advanced models to investigate hyporheic zone processes.

  • Demonstrated ability to acquire, analyze and interpret water quality measurements and other field datasets

  • Demonstrated ability to develop scientific manuscripts, leading to outstanding record of original and high-quality publications

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate complex scientific findings and vision to range of audiences

  • High likelihood to thrive within a large, multi-disciplinary research team.


  • Ph.D. in hydrology, environmental engineering, or related field

  • Postdoctoral experience

  • Experience in writing research grants

  • Experience in leading and managing projects, including budgets, deliverables and staff

  • Experience mentoring and supervising early career technical staff.


  • Salary is commensurate with experience
  • Full-time, M-F, exempt from overtime
  • This position may require occasional travel, weekend, and after-hours work
  • Career Track (2 years) with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment  based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.


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